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Content tagged with Software posted in December 2012
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BlackBerry 10 Will Be Great, Please Wait, Says RIM
News  |  12/31/2012  | 
With just about a month to go until the rollout of BlackBerry 10, RIM is reaching out to customers and the public about how great it will be, hoping, no doubt, that customers will hold off buying an iPhone or Android phone or Windows Phone. BlackBerry 10 could be the great, ironic BYOD product of 2013.
6 Things Microsoft Must Do In 2013
Commentary  |  12/31/2012  | 
This could be a make or break year as Microsoft looks to establish itself in mobile, cloud and other hot new markets while fending off challenges to its Windows franchise.
Battery Life Boost Coming From New Antenna Tech
News  |  12/30/2012  | 
The amplifier for the data transmission on a mobile phone's antenna is the device's biggest power guzzler, wasting up to 65 percent of its juice through heat. Large increases in battery life may be coming soon through new technology designed to use power for data transmission more efficiently.
NASA Details 2013 Plans
News  |  12/28/2012  | 
NASA plans continued exploration of Mars and the night sky, continued missions to the International Space Station, and numerous satellite and spacecraft missions.
Nokia Lumia 810 A Win For T-Mobile
News  |  12/27/2012  | 
The Nokia Lumia 810 is an excellent, if not top-of-the-line Windows Phone available on T-Mobile. It's reasonably priced, has a top-notch camera and intriguing software, including two music apps that stream free tunes, "augmented reality" to show you what points of interest are right in front of you, and Nokia's highly-regarded maps. It also has a screen that's clearly a class or two below the best ones on the market, such as the iPhone 5. If you want a better screen on a Windows Phone, choose th
Top 10 Tech Fails Of 2012
Slideshows  |  12/27/2012  | 
Sometimes technology disappoints. Here are some of the products, services and companies that let us down in 2012.
5 Cloud App Trends To Expect In 2013
Commentary  |  12/27/2012  | 
We'll see more mobile options and embedded analytics, of course, but surprises will include growth in financial apps and big-data insights.
China Tries Again To Control Internet
Commentary  |  12/25/2012  | 
The Great Firewall of China is increasingly effective in stopping anonymous VPN-based access in and out of the country after a recent upgrade, and now the government is considering another attempt to strengthen authentication of users before obtaining Internet connections. The proposed law is being cynically framed as a privacy protection measure. As offended as I am at the ideas behind these proposals, I'm confident that they can't be implemented practically.
Nexus 7 Android Tablets for Christmas At DoubleDutch
News  |  12/24/2012  | 
Why did the founder of Mobile CRM company DoubleDutch give his employees Android Nexus 7 Tablets for XMas? He wanted to inspire them to develop for the platform — not just for the iPad — and explained how enterprise app development is fundamentally changing the way enterprise business is done.
Why One SMB Sticks With Windows XP: Truckload Of Toner
News  |  12/21/2012  | 
For budget-constrained small businesses, the decision to upgrade from XP is complicated by older networks, peripherals, applications, and, in this case, a multi-year stockpile of printer supplies.
HTC Prepping Windows 8 Rival To iPad Mini?
News  |  12/21/2012  | 
HTC 7-inch tablet could pit Microsoft's Windows 8 OS against Amazon's Kindle Fire and Apple's iPad mini.
Humedica, Harvard Bring Continuing Medical Education To Trenches
News  |  12/21/2012  | 
Harvard's Joslin Diabetes Center uses Humedica's analytics capabilities to make patient care part of a continuous learning process.
5 Big Data Predictions For 2013
News  |  12/21/2012  | 
Vendors and analysts make bold big data predictions for next year. Are their crystal balls cloudy or clear?
Cloud Jobs: 7 Million In 3 Years, IDC Says
News  |  12/21/2012  | 
Microsoft-sponsored IDC report says there are currently 1.7 million open cloud positions just waiting to be filled.
Mobile's Biggest Losers In 2012
Commentary  |  12/21/2012  | 
The last twelve months have been turbulent for smartphone makers and wireless network providers. Here's who took it on the chin hardest.
Email Overload: Disease Or Symptom?
Commentary  |  12/20/2012  | 
Email overload is a symptom of larger management dysfunctions. Why are your employees spending so much time covering themselves for every little thing?
Best Of InformationWeek 2012: 12 Must-Reads
News  |  12/20/2012  | 
Catch up on the best of what InformationWeek had to offer this year, from profiles of top CIOs to investigations of tech security gone wrong.
Massive Open Online Courses Meet Higher Ed
News  |  12/20/2012  | 
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are prompting discussion about higher education's future and business model.
Android Fails in Mobile Malware Research
Commentary  |  12/20/2012  | 
There are many more malware-infected Android devices out there than you might think. It's all because the Android ecosystem and Google Play store are more friendly to malware and exploits than iOS and the Apple App Store or Windows 8, Windows Phone and the Windows Store. There's some, but not much reason, to think things will improve for Android in the near future.
Oracle Buys Eloqua: Watch Out Salesforce?
News  |  12/20/2012  | 
Eloqua buy represents the latest move in Oracle's "marketing cloud" acquisitions duel with Salesforce.com.
Microsoft's Big Hits And Misses Of 2012
Commentary  |  12/20/2012  | 
The past year saw some big wins, and big setbacks, for Microsoft. And then there's the special case of Windows 8.
Samsung Acknowledges Severe Android Vulnerability
News  |  12/20/2012  | 
A serious vulnerability in the Android kernel for their Exynos processors in many of their phones, including the Samsung Galaxy S3, has been found by the Android hacking community. It may be used by any application to root (jailbreak) or unroot the device, brick it or even silently modify arbitrary memory or other applications.
CloudVelocity Seeks To Champion Enterprise Hybrid Cloud
News  |  12/19/2012  | 
Startup maps out applications, creates clones and moves them to cloud data center.
Apple Must Settle With Samsung
Commentary  |  12/19/2012  | 
Apple Needs To Cut The Patent Nonsense. If Apple really thinks they need to sue the competition out of the market then they must think they're in worse shape than anyone else thinks. Recent legal setbacks, including the reexamination by the US Patent and Trademark Office of the 'pinch and zoom' and other patents, have the potential to embarrass Apple severely and embolden the competition. Now's the time to scale back in their settlement negotiations.
Windows Phone 8 Update Details Revealed
News  |  12/19/2012  | 
An update to Windows Phone 8 should be out soon sporting messaging improvements, the ability to text replies to incoming callers, bandwidth-saving IE changes and favorite Wi-Fi connections, among other improvements not yet specified.
eBay Drops Mobile Advertising
News  |  12/19/2012  | 
eBay has decided that advertising inside mobile apps is not worth the effort and that they will end all ads inside their own mobile apps. What does this mean for the future of mobile advertising?
Dell Acquires Credant For BYOD, Data Security
News  |  12/19/2012  | 
Dell announced today its acquisition of data security company Credant Technologies to beef up its BYOD security toolset.
2012's Most Memorable Reader Comments
News  |  12/19/2012  | 
From Apple's iPad Mini to outsourcing, you had plenty to say. Take a look back at some of this year's heated technology discussions.
Social Enterprise 2013: Opportunities And Obstacles
Commentary  |  12/19/2012  | 
Big changes such as integrating social tools with business take time. Remember that in slow-moving revolutions, the persistent are as likely to be successful as the bold.
11 Amazing Apps Of 2012
News  |  12/19/2012  | 
Here are 11 applications that mattered in 2012 -- and a hint at what's to come. Each underscores meaningful software trends.
7 SMB Technology Predictions For 2013
Commentary  |  12/19/2012  | 
What's in store for small and midsize business technology in the New Year?
Teradata Offers Free Big Data Training
News  |  12/19/2012  | 
Online education program offers free courses to help college students earn Teradata tech certification.
IBM Gets $4.5 Million Tax Break On Analytics Center
News  |  12/19/2012  | 
Columbus grants Big Blue incentive package as IBM pledges to create hundreds of new jobs in big data analytics.
BlackBerry 10 Builds Carrier Support Ahead Of Launch
News  |  12/19/2012  | 
RIM's forthcoming smartphone platform received another bid of confidence, as a handful of European network operators have voiced their support for BlackBerry 10.
London Firefighters Pursue Twitter Monitoring
News  |  12/19/2012  | 
London Fire Brigade moves to allow people to summon rescuers via Twitter, parallels "text to 911" efforts in the United States.
Oracle Q2 Results: Ellison Spins On Sun
Commentary  |  12/19/2012  | 
CEO Larry Ellison talks up Oracle's Sun acquisition even as hardware sales slide 23%. Software sales rise.
Google Maps Spurs iOS 6 Adoption
News  |  12/19/2012  | 
Data from mobile advertising networks suggests that many iPhone owners updated their devices to iOS 6 after Google Maps became available again.
Dell, HP Windows 8 'Atom' Tablets Delayed Until 2013
News  |  12/19/2012  | 
Dell Latitude 10 among Windows 8 systems not yet available, as tablet makers struggle with drivers for energy-efficient Intel Clover Trail chip.
7 Big Data Solutions Try To Reshape Healthcare
Slideshows  |  12/18/2012  | 
Big data medicine is still largely unproven, but that's not stopping several medical centers and analytics vendors from jumping in with both feet.
Can Foursquare Check Ins Save Apple Maps?
News  |  12/18/2012  | 
Apple is talking to Foursquare about using its local data. Can the move restore Apple's maps reputation?
Samsung Leaps Past Apple, Nokia
News  |  12/18/2012  | 
As smartphones go mainstream, Samsung is moving well past Apple and Nokia, according to research firm.
Instagram Users Fume At Photos As Ads
News  |  12/18/2012  | 
Instagram users cry foul loudly, but the proposed new terms of service now conform to what Facebook already does with user content.
Social Media: Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone
Commentary  |  12/18/2012  | 
Before you get too deep into social business strategy, look at how comfortable your organization and its leaders are with the world of social media.
Europe Weighs New Data Breach Rules For Critical Companies
News  |  12/18/2012  | 
Mobile networks, banks, energy companies and other critical infrastructure providers could be required to report all breaches to EU authorities.
Big Data Talent Quandary: In-House Or Outsource?
News  |  12/18/2012  | 
Data scientists are hard to find, but outsourcing may help, says Hewlett-Packard exec.
10 Million iPhone Users Find Way To Google Maps
News  |  12/18/2012  | 
Google crows about Maps' triumphant return to the iPhone, scores millions of downloads in just two days.
Salesforce.com Motivates Sales Teams With Work.com
News  |  12/18/2012  | 
Cloud vendor's sales apps are the first to gain new social recognition, reward and performance-management capabilities.
Microsoft Surface RT Best Tablet Ever, 'Reviewers' Gush
Commentary  |  12/18/2012  | 
Windows 8 tablet may not be posting big sales numbers, but everyone who bought one from Best Buy claims to love it unconditionally.
Teambox Bundles Box Storage With Social Collaboration
News  |  12/17/2012  | 
Project-oriented social collaboration tool Teambox offers Box integration along with 15 gigabytes per user of free storage.
Google Escapes Antitrust Shackles
Commentary  |  12/17/2012  | 
FTC's antitrust case against Google appears to be winding down without Google being slapped with any penalties or restrictions. Be glad.
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